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Historic Fort Snelling

National Historic Landmark

Mailing Address:
200 Tower Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55111


Memorial Day Weekend-Labor Day:
Tue-Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun Noon-5 pm

*Open Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day
10 am-5 pm

Sat 10 am-5 pm


  • $11 adults
  • $9 seniors and college students w/ID
  • $9 active military w/ID and their family
  • $6 children ages 6-17
  • Free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members
  • Free parking




2014 Sep 30

Overcast | Wind From the South at 1.0 MPH Gusting to 5.0 MPH
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Minnesota & the First World War

Minnesota and the First World War

Sat, August 30, 2014 - Mon, September 1, 2014

10 am - 5 pm (all three days)

Spend Labor Day Weekend with us at Historic Fort Snelling and experience our newest special event focusing on Minnesota's role in the "Great War". When the US joined WWI in 1917 Fort Snelling was mobilized to support thousands of recruits preparing to head "over there" to the Western Front. Visit with costumed staff and reenactors, watch military demonstrations and weapons firings, and experience what life was like for Minnesotans during this crucial time in world history.
Schedule of Events
10 am - Fort opens
10:15 am - Morning Parade Ceremony / Flag Raising
11 am - Bayonet & Grenade Drill
11:30 am - Women's Suffrage Rally
12 pm - Fire & Maneuver Demonstration
12:30 pm - Sing-along & Dancing
1 pm - Gas Drill / Baseball Game
1:30 pm - WWI Band Performance
2 pm - Bayonet & Grenade Drill
2:30 pm - Women's Suffrage Rally
3 pm - Fire & Maneuver Demonstration
3:30 pm - Sing-along & Dancing
4 pm - Gas Drill / Baseball Game
4:30 pm - Evening Parade Ceremony / Flag Lowering
5 pm - Fort closes
*Schedule subject to change.

Image Gallery

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Reenactors and staff form up for the flag raising.
Guests check out displays of soldier life during the Great War.
Guests learn about life on the Minnesota home front.
Staff preparing for a simulated gas drill.
Volunteers interpreted the story of the Imperial German Army
Guests and staff trying out the latest dance steps - The Fox Trot!
Guests learned about the important part played by the Red Cross during the war.
Guests trying their hand at bayonet drill.
Musicians and soldiers formed up for inspection.
Staff performed demonstrations of military tactics throughout the day.